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Old 08-13-10, 12:28 PM   #1
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The One That Got Away...

We've all had highs and lows in the hobby...all of us have scored some really neat things and missed out on others. What is the one you can't forget? Which is the deal you didn't make that you most regret?

Apologies to the recent Nitto stem thread...which was the inspiration for this.
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This.

Sheldon Brown's Paramount. Last year it was up on ebay and something about the bike really struck a chord with me and I wanted it. Its my size, I would have picked it up over at Harris Cyclery....would have been awesome.

I didn't bid enough and It went for a lot less than I would have paid.

I still don't have a paramount.
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Old 08-13-10, 01:00 PM   #3
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I've had my share. I found a nice mid-range Atala priced at $20 a Salvation Army, and left without it. Oddly, I also found a Panasonic DX-5000 and a beautiful and spotless silver Raleigh Sports at the same store and didn't buy them. None of those keep me awake at night though.

About two weeks ago I hesitated on a $300-ish DeRosa that was my size and for sale in my neighborhood. That one bugs me a bit.
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It may be wrong, but I'm sort of enjoying the fact that that Raleigh Capri that I missed out on 2 weeks ago is still on Craigslist at the higher price. Even though it was low-end, I would have loved that very large frame.
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Immaculate, mint '89 Pin' Montello w/zero miles, 8-sp DT, all Campy w/Ypsilon wheelset, spare set of Mavic CXP-33's, 2 new cages, 2 new bottles. $801 and it was mine.

Dumb move: Flipped it for double.

Gave the cages to Kurt, put the extra wheels on a Centurion.

Knowing what I know now, would've paid even the flip price and would still have it.

Of course, Kurt would still get the cages. I dislike bottle cages.
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I came out of the grocery store a year or two back, and there, leaning up against all the shopping carts, was a gold Raleigh Professional, early 70's model, near mint condition. Looked to be a 58 cm frame. Not locked or anything.

I walked right by it. Didn't even think to hang out and asked the owner if he wanted to sell it... or ... or ... No, honestly, I didn't. I walked on. It was only later that the full potential of the situation presented itself.
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Missed out on an early (late 80s, early 90s?) Santana tandem for something ridiculous like $250. Got a text from the CL seller mere minutes before arriving that he had already sold the bike. RRRRRGHHHH.

It may not have been the catch of the year or anything... I wasn't even sure it'd fit both me and my partner, but hell, I'm sure flipping it would've gone a long way toward financing a tandem that did fit. Still sore about this one.
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Many years ago, I saw a custom Mike Appel bike (ARC - Appel Racing Components) in a police auction. It sold for a very low price, less than $200 if I recall. Back then I just rode modern racing bikes, yet the elegance of the frame and components made an impression so I looked it up afterwards. Perhaps that was what started my interest in C&V, so it's not a total loss.
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I have had a few regrets...the worst of which was a Henry James for $300. It had a slight dent in the TT and that scared me off. At the time I thought dent meant instantly worthless, and that wasn't the case here. It also didn't have the typical campy or Shimano parts I knew...and that frightened me. I had no idea that its stronglight cranks, huret rear (I forget the model, but I found out later it was VERY valuable) and front d's and nitto bars were valuable. I found out later a local guy from a pretty terrible shop that tries to be Via bought it and flipped it for well over $1000.

Whoops.

I'm also kicking myself for not buying a Richard Sachs for under $1300 a couple of months ago...it had all Campy record from the early 90s and was stunningly beautiful. I thought...you'll get one cheaper eventually. We'll see about that.

Whoops.
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I think you need to make a distinction between a missed good deal that you would have just flipped, and a bike that you would kept forever. Missing out on good flipping deals happens all the time. Missing out on a keeper is more traumatic.
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I think you need to make a distinction between a missed good deal that you would have just flipped, and a bike that you would kept forever. Missing out on good flipping deals happens all the time. Missing out on a keeper is more traumatic.
THat's probably a very good suggestion. Both of my misses would have been keepers.
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I think you need to make a distinction between a missed good deal that you would have just flipped, and a bike that you would kept forever. Missing out on good flipping deals happens all the time. Missing out on a keeper is more traumatic.
In my case I definitely would've wanted to keep it forever, but without ever getting the chance to ride it, I will never know if it fit. Flipping was the contingency plan, since it'd have netted me maybe $800 profit.
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Old 08-13-10, 04:18 PM   #13
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Missed a dura ace 3rensho in my size, cheap, by minutes.
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Missed a Zullo Speciale in May by two minutes.

Sold for asking at $300.

He beat me there by driving like a lunatic.
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Old 08-13-10, 05:56 PM   #15
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Well, scooper beat me out bidding on what became his Paramount P 15, but I got my first chrome Paramount not too long after.

Then there was the one that got away and then came back......

My first P 15, the 73 Opaque Blue, was one that I missed. I got beat by a better sniper, and I was very disappointed. I had not set out looking for an Opaque Blue one, but once I found it I just had to have it. It had an odd looking license sticker and a clamp on bracket which is how I knew it was the same bike.

Much to my surprise, several weeks later, the same bike came up again on ebay. It was being sold by Bargainland, who has since been kicked off ebay for poor feedback. It must have been lost or damaged in shipment and sent to them to liquidate, I still don't know for sure. I got it for a very good price, much less than my bid the first time around. I expected some damage and was not surprised. The back rim was bent and the Cinelli bars were bent. Everything else was OK. The Lucas Cyclometer showed a bit more than 100 miles on it.

That bike must have had my name on it. I eventually got it!

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Way back when Ebay was just another obscure website, I bid $50 on a Raleigh International frame and fork in black primer. My size even. I didn't have $51 to bid. I was that broke, new baby coming etc. It went for $51.
About a month later a Monarch Silver King aluminum frame, fork and fenders went for $35. Again, I could only afford to bid it up to $30.
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The mysterious mavic MTB frame.

Always wanted a racing team model and have missed about 3

Still kicking myself over missing this megacycyle for less than $500
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missed a full super record, reynolds 753, drilled dropouts raleigh team issue for $500, missed the call, called him back 5 minutes later and he had offered to another buyer who was to pick up tomorrow. later the next day i called to confirm sale and he said he got the run around from the guy all day missed 2 prior meetings and STILL held it for the guy, who was buying it for his teenage son ::cringe:: my size and everything ;(

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late 80's Team Fuji for $150 I REALLY wanted for me.
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I'm also kicking myself for not buying a Richard Sachs for under $1300 a couple of months ago...it had all Campy record from the early 90s and was stunningly beautiful. I thought...you'll get one cheaper eventually. We'll see about that.

Whoops.


I really don't have any regrets. Once I let one go, I don't look back. 'Cept I still wonder what happened to my high school sweetheart, Julie. Oh, wait..... nevermind......
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No regrets. Keeper fleet continues to improve. I have finally started pruning some extra keepers. I guess I could regret all the steel Treks I flipped in 2008 at prices I would gladly pay to buy a steel Trek to flip now. But at the time, they were priced at market, so I really don't regret that either.
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The one that haunts me is the old white 10-speed with an exceptionally bad photo and bad description on CL last year.

I called on it, and got an equally bad description. It was pretty far away, but I should have checked it out anyway, because in my mind it just keeps getting better and better .
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Early on in my collecting days, I walked past a purple Gitane with Mafac cantis for a gaspipe Chiorda because of the Valentino RD. Another time at the same shop, I didn't buy a former Indiana University Little 500 bike (Breaking Away era).

Then there was the lugged MB-3 that a friend gave me after he ran it into a bus and buckled the TT. Rather than save up to have it fixed, I parted it and cut the frame into small enough of pieces to fit into the trashcan. Although I still have the seattube as my breaker bar.

Then there's the '73 World Voyageur, late '60s Super Sport, early '60s Mercier, late '80s Gitane that I gave away/threw away when I moved to the west coast.

Is it any wonder I'm afraid to part with any of my collection today.
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I had a neighbor back in NYC whose son perished on 9/11 when Tower1 fell. He was a broadcast engineer for ABC and he and the crew were stuck in the antenna. He had gotten into road cycling. And was a fanatic. After 9/11, his belongings were moved to a boathouse in NJ for storage. There it sat for years. Among the items were his daily Cannondale, and 2 other "high end European" bikes, a Park work stand and indoor trainer. I was asked by an in-law if I was interested in them, or know of someone. He knew they were worth some coin. But I had no spare cash as I was about to move to the Southwest. I could only offer $500. But then the mother overheard the conversation and inquired why we were discussing Don's things. When she heard I might be interested, she offered all of his cycling gear to me gratis. I didn't think the in-law was happy. But it wasn't his property. It still required him to retrieve them though. I couldn't arrange the logistics and time of my move to coincide with his schedule. And never did get any of the bikes, parts, tools and stands.
The mother knew of my fondness for bikes. She always thought I was similar to her son as we were both engineers and stubborn DIYers. I would have kept them and never would flip them. I took 9/11 pretty personally being from NYC, and knowing Don DiFranco lost his life that tragic day.
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A Bob Jackson 853 frame with arrowhead lugs slipped through my fingers last year. Just as well though, I could have swung the winning bid, but it was getting really borderline and I wasn't willing to play the game.
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